A few years ago (June 2013), we ran a survey that asked DH scholars to think about the use of digital teaching tools in the classroom. In her article titled "Perspectives from a Former Luddite," Laura Buchholz shares her perspective on "taking the plunge" into using digital tools and platforms to support learning.
Buchholz says she had expected students to flood her with emails regarding their "technical difficulties" but that surprisingly, "the percentage of students in the class that required personalized help was fairly small and easily managed." She concludes that "figuring out which technology or digital platform was best to use—was really not that important." Instead, she found that helping her students "learn that they can teach themselves to use most any platform for their own rhetorical purposes" was what mattered most.
Over the past few years, what have your own experiences been with students' technical difficulties? What are your thoughts about the importance of choosing which digital technologies and platforms might be best? In what ways has the use of digital tools in the classroom changed or remained the same?